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The Prostate

Similar in size to a chestnut, the prostate is the largest accessory gland of the male reproductive tract. The prostate slowly increases in size from birth to puberty then grows at an increased pace until a man enters his 30s. Its size then becomes stable and remains so until about age 45, when further enlargement may occur. For reasons not yet completely understood, the prostate frequently enlarges in older men.

The prostate secretes a milky, slightly acidic fluid containing enzymes that balance the acid levels of interacting fluids and help sperm motility.

Although the focus of intensive, ongoing research, the prostate remains one of the body's least understood structures. It is known that the hormone testosterone stimulates zinc uptake and concentration in the prostate, which parallels its stimulation of citrate accumulation and secretion. 

ZINC is a component of semen and it is thought that at least 1 mg of zinc is excreted by one ejaculum.

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Zinc plays an important role in the processes of fertility, reproduction and sexual maturation. Prostatic fluids and ocular tissues contain the highest levels of zinc in the body.

At a biochemical level, zinc’s primary role is as a component of zinc metalloenzymes. Many enzymes of the cell nucleus involved with genetic information transfer, protein synthesis, and cellular replication are metalloenzymes of zinc. Zinc also participates in RNA metabolism. 

Zinc a component of semen, plays an important role in the processes of fertility, reproduction and sexual maturation.

Magnesium is vital in muscle contractility, which is important to the prostate because the muscular contractility precedes secretion of prostatic fluid.

Vitamin E protects unsaturated fatty acids from oxidation.

Pantothenic Acid is an important part of the Krebs Cycle, serving as a constituent of coenzyme A, which is essential for the transfer of pyruvic acid into the cycle. It also serves in the conversion of lipids and amino acids into glucose.

Glycine is involved in muscle cell metabolism and is important to the Krebs Cycle. It is converted in the body to creatine, which stores high energy phosphate in muscles and serves to maintain adequate amounts of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the source of energy for muscle contraction.

Alanine is another amino acid which participates in the Krebs energy production cycle. The amine enters the cycle for oxidation with acetyl CoA, where it may be used to produce ATP or to synthesize new proteins for body growth and repair.

-Eat fresh foods like leafy greens, fruits and fresh juices.

-Drink plenty of water, spring or distilled water is best.

-Consume raw pumpkin seeds everyday.

-Eliminate caffeine, spicy foods and junk food.

-A low-fat, high fiber diet with whole grains is beneficial.

-Avoid red meat, fried foods, soda and acidic foods.

-Do not smoke or drink alcohol.

-Get regular exercise.

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